As Kerala, also known as God’s own country limps its way back to normalcy, several questions were left unanswered since 1924 Kerala Floods resulting in yet another major disaster that costed over 350 lives and crores of loss to the state.
Horrendous scenes across the state as floods took a toll on the city for a week to the least. Over 11 lakh people lost their shelter and were sent to relief camps for safety.
What caused Floods in the first place?
Floods in the country is never a rarity. But the preparedness for a disaster always leaves people’s life at risk. If we are to dig deep into the reasons behind the occurrence of floods in the country, we will be surprised to see the results.
Floods occur if there is a consistent rain followed by a poor drainage system. Though we had to commonly agree on the latter part, the point of consistent rain causing floods is hardly a case to investigate.
What we have learned from the past?
3 years back into history, Chennai Floods 2015 is like that of what Kerala is facing at the moment. But, the intensity of Kerala Floods is little more than what it was for Chennai back in 2015.
The reason behind Kerala and Chennai floods stand out to be more or less the same. A clear mis-management which can be averted by learning from experience which we seem to have not habituated yet.
“Though there was an increase of 41.44% rainfall this time, the flood situation worsened not because of the downpour, but due to opening the shutters of 44 dams at the same time without prior warning” as quoted by TOI
Sparking the political blame game;
It is so disheartening to see a political row over what can be done to bring the state back on track.
Kerala defends its act by blaming Tamil Nadu, a reason for the cause of floods. As preliminary investigation says, sudden release of water from Mullaperiyar dam in Tamil Nadu is a reason for deluge.
The most affected regions are near to the dams and low-lying areas which have been cited as critical zones. But, there seem to be a no stop to encroachments and illegal constructions that is only causing more damage to the state.
What’s the impact?
Un-doubtedly, a major impact that has shattered the people of Kerala and it might take years to bring the state back on track.
“At last count, 357 people lost their lives, and the floods destroyed roughly 906,400 hectares worth of crops. The cost to the state and its people stands at a staggering Rs 19,512 crore.” As reported by Firstpost
What can be done better?
Warnings from the data and climate experts should be taken seriously and preparedness to unprecedented rains should be on the state’s priority list alongside with citizen support.
Climate change is real. This time it is Kerala and next time it can be elsewhere. So, Management is the real KEY! One mistake and there is hardly a comeback.